William J. (Bill) Shaw maintains a commercial and residential finance, and real estate practice. He also works in the areas of banking and finance, including banking and credit union law, corporate law, governance, and tax planning and implementation. Bill has acted for a broad variety of clients including individuals, small businesses, large corporations and institutions.

Bill has been a member of condominium consultation groups providing information and feedback to Information Services Corporation and Saskatchewan Justice. He is a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon and Region Home Builders’ Association. Bill was also involved in the development and preparation of iterations of the Credit Union Act and Co-operative Associations Act. He participated in regulatory hearings when the Public Utilities Review Board was operating.

Bill has volunteered for over three decades locally, nationally and internationally in the sport of water polo. In 2005, the Aquatic Federation of Canada placed Bill on the President’s Honour Roll and in 2008 he was awarded the Paragon Award for Water Polo at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Bar Admission

  • Saskatchewan, 1973


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Saskatchewan, 1972
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Saskatchewan, 1971

Community Involvement

  • Saskatoon and Region Home Builders’ Association, Board of Directors, 1998-present
  • International Aquatics
    • Union Americana de Natacion (UANA)
      • Vice- President (current) and Executive Committee Member, 1991-2015
      • Technical Water Polo Committee Member, 1981–1991
    • Technical Water Polo Committee of Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA)
      • Honorary Secretary, 1992–1996
      • Member, 1992 present
      • Various subcommittees, 1992–2005 and 2009-2017
  • Canada Aquatics
    • Saskatoon Women’s Water Polo Club, Coach, 1978
    • Saskatoon Men’s Water Polo Club, Coach, 1982-1984
    • Saskatoon Men’s Water Polo Club, Player, 1972-1982
    • University of Saskatchewan Water Polo Club, Player, 1970-1972
    • National Water Polo Referee - Local, provincial and national competitions, including Saskatchewan Summer Games, Western Canada Games, Canada Summer Games and National Championships,1976–1992
    • Evaluator of referees at domestic and international events including National Championships, Pan-American events, International events, 1981
    • Saskatoon Water Polo Club
      • Director, 1972–1974
      • Secretary-Treasurer, 1976-1979
    • Saskatchewan Water Polo Association, Director, 1976–1982
    • Canadian Water Polo Association, Inc.
      • Secretary, Executive Member, 1980-1981
      • Vice President – Administration, Executive Member, 1981-1982
      • Vice President – Officials, Executive Member, 1981-1982
      • President, Executive Member, 1982-1984
      • Past President, Executive Member, 1984-1988
      • Vice President – Technical, Executive Member, 1988-1992
    • Member and/or chair of various committees of Water Polo Canada: Chair of National Team Committee of Water Polo Canada 2005-2009, Referee Evaluator and International Representative/Delegate, 1977-present
    • Aquatic Federation of Canada
      • Executive Member, 1982-1992
      • Reporting Member, 1992-present
    • Chair of various Swimming Appeals Committees
  • Other
    • Western Canada Summer Games, Saskatoon, Organizing Committee - Water Polo Chair, 1979
    • Saskatoon Aquatic Centre, Advisory Committee, 2005-2008
    • Member and Executive Member of various other community and sport clubs and organizations

Awards & Recognition

  • "Best Lawyers in Canada"
    • Construction Law, 2016-present
    • Corporate Law, 2012-present
    • Real Estate Law, 2012-present
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2013
  • Paragon Award for Water Polo, 2008
  • Aquatic Federation of Canada, President’s Honour Roll, 2005

Memberships & Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • Saskatoon Bar Association
  • Canadian Tax Foundation

Sessional Lecturer, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, 1987-2002

Prepared papers and presented to, and on behalf of, the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan

Continuing Legal Education Society, Continuing Professional Development, and various industry groups.